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OiYan Poon

OiYan Poon
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Teaching Areas

  • Proposal Development
  • Analyzing Education Literature
  • Higher Education Law
  • Higher Education Finance
  • Education Policy Analysis

Research Areas

  • College Access Policies
  • Affirmative Action
  • Racial Politics and Discourses in Higher Education
  • Organizational Leadership for Diversity and Equity in Higher Education
  • Asian Americans

About Dr. Poon

Dr. OiYan Poon is an assistant professor of Higher Education Leadership in the School of Education at Colorado State University. Her scholarly interests focus on the racial politics and discourses of college access, higher education organization and policy, affirmative action, and Asian Americans.

Drawing from scholarly traditions of Critical Race Theory, sociology of race, and ethnic studies, Dr. Poon has employed a range of methods in her research including participatory action research, critical discourse analysis, case studies, ethnographic interviews, and geospatial/GIS analysis. Her research has recently been recognized with awards from the Association for the Study of Higher Education and ACPA: College Student Educators International.

Prior to joining the faculty at CSU, Dr. Poon was an assistant professor of Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago. She has also held a research associate position in the Institute for Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of American Cultures at UCLA.

After earning her B.S. in management at Boston College and M.Ed. in college student affairs administration at the University of Georgia, OiYan worked in multicultural student affairs. She was the first Asian Pacific American Student Affairs director at George Mason University and the first Student Affairs Officer in Asian American Studies at UC Davis. After working for several years as a student affairs professional, she completed her Ph.D. in race and ethnic studies in education with a certificate in Asian American studies from UCLA.

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